Wednesday, September 5, 2012
2012 Summer Gathering - Additional Information
Please join us for the 15th Annual Summer Gathering. It looks like we will have perfect weather for this weekend event.
If you haven't heard of the Summer Gathering, shame on us. If you miss it shame on you.
This is a very social and very educational event right here in the Pacific Northwest in North Bend, WA. It is always the weekend after Labor Day.
The Summer Gathering is lots of fun and a great opportunity to learn and practice just about anything you can do with a computer and your ham radio particularly focused on the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) http://www.aprs.org.
Many folks arrive on Friday for socializing. The presentations are on Saturday - Breakfast from 7:00 to 8:45. Presentations start at 9:00am. Soldering irons are hot through the event starting on Friday afternoon.
Tradition has it that there is one free beer with every new digital mode you try during Friday or Saturday night.
Here is the link to Valley Camp - it is located in North Bend, Washington 10 minutes off of I-90 at exit 34. At the bottom of the Exit 34 ramp, turn north and continue 1/2 mile past the convenience stores and truck stop and watch for and take the right turn onto SE Middle Fork Road (County Road sign says Valley Camp 2.2 miles). Continue to the "Y" and take the left on SE Middle Fork Road (lower road). Follow until you come to the stop sign. The entrance to the camp is straight ahead across the small intersection.
GPS Coordinates for the entrance of camp: 47.4680 -121.6808 (Don't forget the minus on the longitude or you'll end up in Mongolia!)
Our hosts at Valley Camp are: Thom/K7FZO and Teena/K9HAV Proehl Contact them for reservations for RV and Bunkhouse spots at:
K7FZO 425 888-1852
The location is a beautiful camp with hot showers and a bunkhouse or camping or RV opportunities. The event runs on donations and we encourage you to shoot for $10 for the day or $25 for the overnight experience - there is a donation box at the event and I mention this only because we ran under last year. This venue is made available to us at no charge but it can't continue to happen without your participation and support.
Bring your thirst for knowledge, some warm clothing for the evenings and some food and drink to eat and share. There are grills going and coffee early each day...
It is an incredibly beautiful place - lots of nature trails and birding opportunities for the family along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River.
Contact Curt Black, WR5J
Thom Proehl, K7FZO